25. 11. 2022
Seminar on Terrorist Assets Tracing and Recovery
On 22-25 November 2022 some 36 representatives of financial investigation units and law enforcement agencies from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan participated in the four-day regional seminar “Development of the Capacities of the Law Enforcement Agencies of the Central Asian Countries in the Field of Terrorist Assets Tracing and Recovery”, organized by the EU-funded LEICA (Law Enforcement in Central Asia) project in close cooperation, coordination, and assistance with the EU Anti-Money Laundering/Countering Financing of Terrorism Global Facility (AML/CFT Global Facility) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Programme Office in the Kyrgyz Republic.
“A very effective way to combat organized crime, radical or terrorist groups is to block their financial capabilities. But to prevent their funding is not so
simply. You must identify funding sources. You must identify funding channels. You need to have excellent international cooperation at the operational level. You also need to define effective laws to confiscate the funds of criminals, radicals or terrorists. Therefore, this seminar should be especially useful at the level of purely technical discussions, as well as for improving regional and international cooperation,” stated Guénaël Le Breton, LEICA Director at the opening ceremony.
“AML/CFT Global Facility supports and joins the LEICA endeavor to organize trainings to counter financing of terrorism, and we are glad that staff from law enforcement agencies of Central Asia can benefit from international expertise and European best practices,” said David Hotte, Team Leader, EU AML/CFT Global Facility.
International experts from Lithuania, Belgium, Netherlands, and Moldova provided information concerning best international practices in the field of detection, search, trace, and seizure of assets intended for the activities of terrorists or terrorist groups, and shared practical experiences in using the financial investigations tools needed to trace and seize terrorist assets, including financial and criminal intelligence, interagency cooperation and mutual assistance in criminal matters.
The seminar was aimed at strengthening legislation to improve the ability of government agencies to identify, search, trace and confiscate assets intended for the activities of terrorists or terrorist groups.
This course is part of a series of LEICA activities in countering of terrorism financing. It is developed to support Central Asia in building their counter terrorist financing response in compliance with international commitments and standards, such as UN Security Council Resolution 2462 (2019), and Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards.